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scanner code. all of our inventory is monitored by myself or the store manager who has been with us for three years. the items we sell are not things that anyone would want to steal. we also did not carry any electronics, cell phones, gold watches. we have a nominal amount of jewelry but it is clearly the owners who are moving who are trying to sell their items. it's not somebody who is shaky. thank you. supervisor wiener: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. and the co-owner of coal valley antiques. we have had our business for a half years. this permit came to my attention
just a couple of years ago. my main point is we did everything we needed to do to open our business correctly what the right permits and to city hall and took every step we needed to open the business. we were never informed of a permit until i received a certified letter just a couple of years ago. i did not receive anything in this wave. i just received a certified letter that was fairly intimidating enough, telling me if i did not pay within 10 days and comply, i could be cited. i'm a small business owner and mother of two young children. a single mother of two young children. , moved here 20 years ago and
one of the things i fell in love with -- i moved here 20 years ago and one of the things i fell in love with was the geek shops. we're trying to contribute in that way. i also share the concerns for the ability to fence stolen goods, but there must be other ways to go about this rather than through these exorbitant fees in permits. the filing fee two years ago was $963 and then they want a couple of hundred dollars to have me fingerprinted. these are the types of fees that are going to put us under. we can barely stay in business right now. we are trying to weather the storm of this economy. [tone] there must be other ways to circumnavigate the the question of stolen goods through the integrity of the store owners and other ways to go about it. thank you. supervisor wiener: thank you.
next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i own an arts and antique emporium on market street. i've been in business for 32 years in various locations. i was never made aware of this the but i have complied, so, for me it is a moot point. i've paid the fees a year-and-a- half ago when i received the threatening letters. i immediately complied and got fingerprinted and photographed. my issue is trying to comply with the actual ordnance. it is impossible. i sell hundreds of things per month. i sell mostly to dealers and decorators. i still -- i sell to a steady line of regular clients and get people from all over the world. as everybody said already, it's a very difficult to do business as it is right now. the economy is not great and we
do what we can to be as flexible as we can and stay in business. most people can't afford the fee. i can afford the fee, sort of, but the problem is complying with this law. it's virtually impossible. it's an imposition on my clients. i would hate to ask my customers to give me more information than is actually necessary that i would put on a receipt. it's almost treating them like criminals. i don't buy anything off the street. my sources are other antique stores, a flea markets, estate sales, auctions. other people buy things from the restores, bye-bye from reputable deals -- reputable dealers. we are not pawnbrokers, we are an antique stores. pawnbrokers need something like this and for antique stores, it simply will not work. it is impossible. supervisor wiener: thank you.
next speaker. >> hello, supervisors. i don't to stores in the castro. i have been in business since 2006 after a progression of a little shop on market. since i complied with all of the requirements for licenses and permits, i was never aware of this license. a couple of years ago was my first attention. they showed up at my store and some of our i was really surprised and the way they treated us for the requirement and other people, plants in the store, i believe the license can be bought able to have but it's very expensive the first time i was required to pay. it was about $900 and then it went to $1,300 with all of the
fees and all of these added up to 1900 dollars. i paid for one of my locations. the second one is still pending. i don't know what's coming to happen but i feel it's a very expensive license. my consignors our regular consignors. we have more than 500 right now and most of them are regular that come every six months and drop off merchandise. we have all of the information on them. i feel like this type of license is not for second-hand clothing stores. i also don't agree with the treatment we got about getting a license. thank you. supervisor wiener: thank you very much. is there any other public
comment? supervisor farrell: seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor wiener: i would like to thank everyone for coming out today. it's extremely hard to get small business owners to come out for public comment because they have it -- because they have to run their business and sometimes they're the only person there and it's a real pain to come to city hall and sit for couple of hours waiting for your two minutes. i've never been very successful at getting small business owners to come out. we were successful today because these sections are not pro-small business. these over broglie a lump in many, many good, honest small- business owners and treat them as if they were running the worst kind of pawnshop basically. it's not just about fees. the fee is significant and onerous. it's also about the
fingerprinting and having to go to the hall of justice and be photographed at as the one gentleman mentioned, having to keep a log. whether you are reporting every seven days or 30 days, you are still having to keep meticulous records of every single transaction, including a description of the person. it's unreasonable, it is not pro-small business and undermines our ability to keep a vibrant commercial corridor with these unique businesses. the police department has expressed some concerns, but i think many of them are covered by sections, including firearms permit, the junk dealer permit and the pawnshop permit. it is not as if some of the businesses that may be more likely to have problems are not covered. they are already covered and this will allow us to support these critical eyebrow at small
bringing this forward. we do have a lot of regulations on the book that i think create needless confusion and process for folks who are just trying to get by and it's important to simplify and eliminate requirements where we need to. of that being said, we have certainly rick -- we've heard issues that have been raised by the san francisco police department. i would like to paint supervisor wiener's office and the police department and i would like to suggest we give it a little more time and asked the sponsor of the measure if we put this over until the first week of september when we get back, and either leave it in committee or move it forward with our recommendation, i would like this legislation to get to a place i can support but it seems that there is a need for
one last conversation on this. supervisor farrell: thank you for the small business owners to have come out. take a lot of people -- it takes a lot for people to take time out of the day. i pretty much echo the comments -- i want to support this from the small business perspective and there needs to be at least one more conversation here. but i would like to talk to their project sponsor. legislative sponsor. supervisor wiener: i just want to say and i think it has come out during this hearing that i have a certain frustration level with the police department a around this issue, after being
told by the chief we were good to go, there has been a series of different rationales for what is wrong with the legislation or what needs to be left in tact. the only specific thing i understood coming in today was the possibility of keeping the permitted place for businesses that accepted cash over the counter. you walked in with a leather jacket and they give me 50 bucks for best -- keeping the permit in place for that, but eliminating fees and a fingerprinting and daily record- keeping requirement and the other unreasonable aspects of this legislation. but the department has stated, after first stating i did not raise this note in my original letter, which is inaccurate, stating the only changes should be reducing the fee or making the reporting less frequent than
one day. i have a certain frustration level and we've gotten inconsistent levels from the police department'. with that said, i would recommend we put this out of committee not as a committee report which would go tomorrow, but rather on the regular course which means it would come to the board of supervisors at our next meeting after tomorrow, which is september 4. in the interim, i will convene another meeting with the police department and ask that the chief be there personally with his staff so that we stop getting inconsistent messages from the department and we will do our very best to work this out. that would be my request. i would make that motion. supervisor chiu: i am happy to support that.
supervisor farrell: we have a motion to send this out to the full board so it would be scheduled on september 4 regularly scheduled board meeting. this is for item number one. >> item #one will be referred without recommendation to the board of supervisors meeting. supervisor farrell: just item number one. so moved. supervisor wiener: as for item number two, up we have not heard any objections and these are antiquated things that should be repealed. i recommend we move that to the full board on september 4. supervisor farrell: we have a motion to move item no. 2 ford with recommendation to the fault
and i am with the san francisco recreation and parks department. we are featuring the wonderfully romantic part rotations in your very own backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in san francisco with someone special. our first look out is here, san francisco's heavily forested hill. a favorite for couples and a dog walkers. both have a significant stand with a live oak forest. the romantic paths that meander up and down are under a canopy of ochre, redwood, cyprus, and eucalyptus. chill out in this pleasant environment and you might seem butterflies and dandelions.
blue jays fly between the tall eucalyptus. one of this the parking is accessible. take the six, 24, or 37 bus. we share the pathways, we walked the dogs, and we have and enjoy the beautiful view that the park has to offer. this is a place to take someone special and enjoy a beautiful look out. >> welcome to corona heights located in the heart of the castro district. it offers a spectacular view of the downtown skyline. the iconic bridge and on towards the east bay. >> is one of the city's best kept secrets. it is hardly ever crowded and on any given sunday, you will probably run into a few locals. you can get there without any
parking worries. locals bring their four-legged friends to run freely. at a small patch of grass for small dogs. >> is wonderful for the city to have these kinds of parks. and the dog owners really appreciate it. >> take time to notice the wonderful wild flowers. and keep your head up on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. take your camera and be prepared for views that you will not soon forget. this summer, there were beautiful red rock formations and are perfect to relax with someone special while you watch the sunrise over the bay. this is another one of our great luck out. and we are at mount davidson. it has the highest point of elevation in san francisco
heading 928 feet. this is the place for you to bring someone special. don't forget the dogs and enjoy all the pathways and trails that surround you. >> that provides a peaceful oasis of public open space and great hiking trails. >> the spectacular view offers a perfect place to watch the sunrise. >> it is a good place to get away from the hectic life of the city. and get some fresh air. the view is fantastic. >> wear sturdy shoes to come for the western slope drills were the overgrown vegetation gives the feeling of being in a rain forests. not davidson is also a great part to escape from the noise and bustle of the city. take the 36 bus and it will drop
be right at the entrance. it is quite a hike. it is worth every step of the way and you can bring someone special. golden gate park's largest body of water is very enchanting. it is a popular spot for strolling as well as hot boats that can be rented at the boathouse. created in 1893, it was designed for it, got for horse-drawn carriages. that surrounds a strawberry hill island and the wild strawberries once flourished. 110 ft waterfalls, and they connect the strawberry hill
island where they fall of the shoreline and climb the highest point at more than 400 feet. you can still catch a glimpses of the western side of the city that makes the hilltop here romantic luck out. for public transit, take the train. it has a peaceful atmosphere where you could enjoy the warm san francisco de. watch many lighting. it is a tranquil spot to stroll and enjoy the company, rent a boat, and sail away. many couples come to take a boat ride around the lake. passing the chinese pavilions and of the waterfalls. making for a very memorable and a magical experience.
located on nineteenth avenue, the wondrous growth is the place to wear your hiking boots, bring the family, don't forget the dog. there are so many strolls to offer you and your loved ones. it is a truly hidden gem in the city. the park is rich with eucalyptus trees. that allows you to meander around the trees and there are perfect for the wooded environment. >> i enjoy the history behind the space. the diversity of major out here in the city and the concrete streets and cars, we have this oasis of the natural environment that reminds us. >> there is plenty of parking. plentiful transit on the 23, 28,
or 91 buskin the there easily. and the park is 88 accessible. on the west as high in lake, one of the few remaining natural lakes. this is your chance to stroll around the lake hand in hand and let the kids run free. there are many birds to watch. they'll find some solitude and appreciate what you can share with great strolls and wonderful breath of fresh air. come and experience of lafayette park and enjoy the people with picnics in the sunshine. this is a place to take an afternoon stroll with your loved one hand in hand. located in the middle of pacific heights on top of the rolling hills, it offers a great such a square and a large trees hall
porter the grass and greenery. the park features comfortable tables and benches, a playground, restroom, and more at the end of the park. there are plenty of areas for football and frisbee. it is a couples park with a multitude of activities you can experience together. trauma on the pathway for the entire park, who watched the dog friendly community. enjoy all the lafayette park has to offer. you can soak up the sun. this wonderful heart is a majestic place you can share with someone you cherished. it is also easily accessed from the 47, 49, at 97. it is eta accessible.
starting off our hectic segment, we're at the lovely and historic palace of fine arts. originally built for the 1915 panama pacific exposition, it is situated along san francisco's northern waterfront. the palace of fine arts is accessible and easily reached by the 28, 30, and 91 bus lines. with the elegant rotunda, set against the reflecting waters of the surrounding lagoons and fragrant eucalyptus trees, it is one of san francisco's most romantic settings for a special dates and memorable proposals. it is also a perfect picnic spot rican relax with that special someone while the waters and fountains in the lagoon grazing as the swans go gracefully by.
and many locations along the lagoon, it is an ideal place to walk around with your loved one. the palace of fine arts is the most popular wedding location. those events are a variablea -- available at sfrecpark.org. >> the garden contains plans referred to by william shakespeare's plants. welcome to the beautiful and unique shakespeares garden in the famous golden gate park. located near the museum at the california academy of sciences, it was designed in 1928 by the california spring blossom had wildflower association. flowers and plants played an important tool of imagery extensively throughout shakespeare's literary masterpieces. here is the truly enchanting in a tranquil garden tucked away on
the path behind a charming a that leaves its romantic magic. this garden is the spot to bring your day. stroller around and appreciate the beauty of its unique setting. the overarching cherry trees and the brick walls, the enchanting as envisaged in the rustic sundial. sure the birds words as he read the plaques on the brick wall that fill the garden full of shakespearean lines and verses from plays. the garden is a sweet jam to share with someone special. pack a picnic, find a lovely bench, enjoy the sunshine and soft breezes and let the words of shakespeare take you and your loved one away. this is one of the most popular wedding locations and is available for reservations. have no parking worries by hopping on the 29 bus. it is also accessible.
>> in just a little park located at the bottom of the hill, it is a secret garden with an infamous and captivating appeal. carefully tucked away, one from the bottom of lombard street, it is the top of our list for most intimate picnic setting. avoid all tourist cars by hopping on the cable cars. for the 30, 41, 45, or 91 bus. installed by rec and park in 2006, and they are accessible. the garden was designed by famous landscape architect in 1957. the best is yet to be, it is inscribed the sundial at the park. a lush oasis anchored by twin gazebos, lovely >>, and splashes
of color year round. this is the place to tell someone something special for the place to declare the commitment you share. weddings and event reservations are available for this historic hidden gem. >> we know there are many other 11 romantic parts in san francisco. we hope you have enjoyed this short tour of these roles available every day. i am jaime hopper with the recreation and parks department. until next time, don't forget to get out and play. for more information about reserving one of these romantic locations or any other park location, call. this number is best for special events, weddings, headaches, and the county fair building. or for any aquatics fields at a neighborhood parks.